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2019 Sterling, Kansas Tornado
EF4 tornado
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The Sterling, Kansas high-end EF4 near peak strength.
Date May 14, 2019
Times 1758-1922
Touchdown location 5:58 PM CDT
Highest winds

190 mph (estimated)

Injuries 231
Fatalities 61
Damage $3.1 billion (2019 USD)
Areas affected Areas of Sterling, Kansas
Part of the
Tornadoes of 2019 (Hitman)
Tornado Outbreak of May 13-17, 2019
The 2019 Sterling, Kansas Tornado was a violent and catastrophic, high-end EF4-rated tornado. Causing 61 deaths, 231 injuries, and $3.1 billion (2019 USD) in damages, the high-end EF4 tracked for over 80 miles through Sterling, Kansas.

At the beginning of the day, a high risk was issued for Oklahoma and Kansas. By 5:00 PM CDT, tornado warnings were issued for many counties. And by 6:00 PM CDT, the violent tornado first touched down.

Causing EF0 to EF1 damage, the tornado grew up to 1 mile wide. Sparse EF2 damage occurred over a 10-mile path. Growing to a mile and a half path, EF3 to EF4 damage damage occurred.

Reaching peak strength, a bowling alley was completely leveled, killing 32 people and 130 more were injured. Loosing a little damage, high-end EF3 to low-end EF4 damage occurred to a weakly built grocery store.

In all, 26 people were killed at the location, with 91 more people getting injured. Minor ground scouring occurred as the tornado caused mid-range EF4 damage. Another person was killed as their mobile was completely annihilated.

The last area of EF4 damage occurred at a neighborhood where the last 2 were killed, as the violent tornado reached a peak width of 1.8 miles. Another 10 were injured in the neighborhood.

EF2 to EF3 damage occurred to dozens of structures as the tornado began to loose strength. By 6:48 PM CDT, the last strip of EF3 damage occurred to multiple farms.

A weakly built structure was completely blown away. A warehouse, in addition, had it's roof ripped off and collapsing a wall in the process. EF2 damage occurred to a vacant gas station.

EF0 to EF1 damage occurred for 5 to 10 miles. By 7:15 PM CDT, the last of EF2 damage occurred to a vacant outhouse. And by 7:22 PM CDT, the tornado dissipated north of Sterling after killing 61, injuring an additional 231, and causing $3.1 billion (2019 USD) in damages.

The following day, the NWS sent a couple survey teams to assess the damage. The final rating was a high-end EF4 with a path reaching 89.2 miles long and up to 1.8 miles wide.


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